Korea: Politics and Foreign Policy

Pusan National University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Korea: Politics and Foreign Policy

  • Host University

    Pusan National University

  • Location

    Busan, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    Course Objectives
    This course aims to understand the structures, processes, circumstances, and developments in Korea’s politics and foreign policy.
    The objectives are to understand:

    •  Key historical events that impacted Korean politics and foreign policy
    •  The characteristics of Korea’s politics and foreign policy
    •  Prospects and issues for Korean politics and foreign policy

    Course Description
    Since the establishment of the government in 1948, governance in the Republic of Korea has experienced myriad challenges and developments. Explaining Korea’s politics and foreign policy, requires the understanding of the various internal and external developments. This course examines the structure, processes, circumstances in Korea’s politics and foreign policy since 1945. The first half of the course will address the governance and key developments and issues to date. The second half of the course will then look at Korea’s foreign policy in the context of economics, environment, foreign aid, security, public diplomacy, and inter-Korea relations, as well as discussing the future prospects and issues. The course will develop the students’ analytical skills and knowledge the structure, processes, and circumstances in Korea’s governance and foreign policy. In each class, PPT will be used to visually illustrate the concepts and developments. While the professor will lead the lectures, it will be interactive, and discussions will be a key component of the course.